Augustin-Louis Cauchy

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Cauchy was born on August 21, 1789 and grew up in Paris as a young child [6, p.1]. Life was difficult because it was during the time of the French Revolution. Cauchy’s family moved to Arcueil, fearing the dangers of life in Paris [6, p.1]. Nevertheless, they soon returned to Paris and Cauchy began his education. Most of Cauchy’s early education was from his father, Louis Francois Cauchy.

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Augustin-Louis CauchyCauchy was born on August 21, 1789 and grew up in Paris as a young child [6, p.1]. Life was difficult because it was during the time of the French Revolution. Cauchys family moved to Arcueil, fearing the dangers of life in Paris [6, p.1]. Nevertheless, they soon returned to Paris and Cauchy began his education. Most of Cauchys early education was from his father, Louis Francois Cauchy. The family was often visited by mathematicians, such as Lagrange and Laplace. Lagrange took a deep interest in Cauchys education, suggesting that Cauchy receive a good education in languages prior to studying mathematics [2, p.1]. In 1802, Cauchy entered Ecole Centrale du Pantheon studying classical languages. Two years later, Cauchy began studying mathematics and entered Ecole Polytechnique, placing second in his class. He attended classes taught by Lacroix, de Prony, and Hachette and his analysis tutor was Ampere. In 1807, he graduated and enrolled at Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees to study engineering. Cauchy excelled at practical work in his studies and, in 1810, got an engineering job in Cherbourg working on port facilities for Napoleons English invasion fleet

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